The anticipation might soon be over. At next Tuesday night’s Supermeet in Las Vegas we may get a sneak peek at what Apple has been working on. For those who aren’t regular readers of my blog, here’s links to my evolving thoughts on why Apple needs to rewrite both Final Cut Pro and QuickTime into a modern codebase, and why they may take this opportunity to not just rewrite, but to rethink how modern NLE software works.
The posts in bold are the key ones.
- June 2009:Â What about Final Cut Studio and Snow Leopard?
- January 2010: What about 64 bit support in Apple apps?
- March 2010: What is Apple doing with Final Cut Pro?
- May 2010: Pro Apps Interface update?
- May 2010: Why Apple Insider couldnâ€™t be more wrong!
- June 2010: Randy Ubillos, Chief Architect of Video Applications at Apple
- June 2010: Why Apple should drop Log and Capture from FCP
- August 2010: Introducing AV Foundation and the future of QuickTime [Updated]
- September 2010: Final Cut Studio 4: The Inside Scoop (from MacSoda)
- September 2010: What should Apple do with Final Cut Pro?
- October 2010: Apple Keynote â€“ Back to the Mac: Implications for Final Cut Pro
- November 2010: What would a 2011 Final Cut Studio look like?
- November 2010: So Final Cut Pro 7 was to be the 64 bit release?
- January 2011: Why are we all worried Apple will abandon Pro Videoâ€¦ [Updated Jan 16]
- February 2011: Why we want Final Cut Pro rewritten to Cocoa!
- February 2011: A new 64 bit Final Cut Pro?
- February 2011: What is Apple doing with QuickTime?
- March 2011: What would a new editing interface be like?
No doubt there’s some things I’ve written that are just plain wrong. But I’m expecting that on Tuesday night we’ll see the 64 bit Cocoa Final Cut Pro (using AV Foundation) that I wasn’t initially expecting until 2012, with a complete rethink of the NLE interface for the future.
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Can’t wait to find out if your crystal ball is correct! Either way, I probably won’t upgrade for a good 6 months. I’ll let you early adopters do the debugging for me. 🙂
I’m feeling pretty confident!
I’d like to hope that I’ve been sending some traffic your way. I’ve often linked to your articles in forum postings when talking about what’s happened with Final Cut over the last 3 years.
My own shorthand interpretation after reading the above articles is that FCP was ready to make a much greater leap forward around 2009, but the team got their wires crossed with the overall path of OSX development which resulted in a much scaled back release of FCS3.
This is why I can’t really agree with people when they say Apple “abandoned” pro apps. It’s unfortunate what happened, but it might actually have made them take a harder and more long term look at where they wanted this thing to go.
Regardless, I’m terribly thankful I found this blog. It has been one of the few sane sources of conversation on this subject for the past year. Thanks Philip, and I look forward to your analysis in the weeks ahead.
Thanks for the kind comments Marcus, and for sending the traffic. Agreed that there was a different path forward planned for 2009, that got completely sidetracked with the lack of the previously announced 64 bit Carbon. That led to a rethink that led to a complete overhaul of the editing interface.
We’ll know at least some more Tuesday night 2Supermeet.
Run into a little bird in Vegas?
No little birds yet. Still trying to get a room with wifi
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